Leadership development is often seen as a tricky exercise. There are many aspects of leadership that seem difficult to define and even harder to consciously develop. Leadership presence, for example, is something many people assume you have to be born with. But developing leadership presence is easier than you might think. It all starts with the way you define leadership. Kristi Hedges, the author of The Power of Presence, defines leadership presence as the ability to connect with and inspire others.
Leadership guru John Baldoni suggests this mantra when trying to develop leadership presence: “It’s not about you, it’s about them. So what can you do to persuade them that you have what it takes to lead them to where they want to go.”
Here are three tips from John Baldoni for developing your leadership presence:
You must be competent: know your stuff as well as how to mobilize others to action.
You must be credible: other people must be able to believe in your abilities.
You must be confident: you need to radiate confidence in yourself for others to have confidence in you.
Here is more advice from Baldoni:
Presence is the “right stuff of leadership.” Make sure it’s part of your personal leadership development plan.
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